Witheford Equine Ltd

Westcourt Stables, Westcourt, Burbage, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 3BW

Tel : 01672 811423

Witheford Equine is a company registered in England and Wales with Company No  3574879

Registered Office Westcourt Stables, Westcourt, Burbage, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 3BW  (VAT Registration No 717 9615 07)

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He is often referred to as a horse whisperer, others call him ‘the magic man’, but Gary Witheford, the man who breaks horses in less than half an hour, prefers to call himself a ‘horseman’.

As the first man to break in zebras, Gary and his son, Craig, work with horses who present all sorts of problems. These range from refusing to load onto horseboxes, ridden issues such as bolting, bucking, rearing or napping, fear of traffic, farrier or vet phobias and many other challenges faced by horse owners from all disciplines, be it happy hackers or competition horses.

In addition to this they specialise in working with racehorses who have a range of issues, most notably those with issues when being loaded into starting stalls.  He and his team also break in hundreds of horses each year – although he prefers the term ‘start’ as ‘breaking-in’ is a very negative term. The most notable of his racing successes to date was Sea The Stars for Irish trainer John Oxx and the mighty Kingman for John Gosden.

Gary’s expertise in dealing with horses spans over 30 years and he has dealt with many eventers and competition horses. As Gary explains, horses don’t really want to get into a fight and by working them using pressure and release, they quickly learn to look at you as a leader. “The less pressure there is the more the horse will follow you. It’s the herd instinct. Horses are flight animals, whether they are thoroughbreds, ponies or shire horses so you’ve got to go through their thoughts and go back to basics.’’

As the ‘magic man’ says “I like to think I let my horses do the talking and let the results speak for themselves. It’s all about trust and getting them to think ‘You’re my leader and I will follow you’. It just proves to me that the way I handle horses has to work. I have great respect for the owners, riders and trainers that I work with and totally appreciate the trust they place in me. With the increased focus on welfare for horses I hope that by working as a team we can all make things better for the horses, handlers and riders".

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"I have learnt more from Gary than any other horseman in the industry. His techniques have given me a better understanding of the thoroughbred." Richard Gibson, Hong Kong  "We think Gary and Craig are the most professional and best we have dealt with for equine behaviour problems." Chris Dwyer, Newmarket  "I’m still absolutely amazed at the change in her – every time I go for a hack without incident it’s like living a dream, truly amazing and I can’t thank you enough." Paula, Berkshire  "A visit to Westcourt Stables never fails to be met by a feeling of welcome and efficiency. Nothing is too much trouble for them, no matter how busy they are." Jonathan Portman, Lambourn  "I can't thank you all enough for what you have done for me and my horse! Our confidence is back, we smile and we actually enjoy what we do! Traffic holds no fear and loading is a dream instead of the nightmare it once was! You are all heroes to me and Archie!" Jane, Winchester  "Horseman." Sylvester Kirk, Lambourn